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Anti-Asian Violence Statement

March 21, 2021

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred this week in Atlanta, resulting in the death of eight people, including six women of Asian descent. This is just the latest manifestation of a dramatic increase in anti-Asian violence throughout the country and a long legacy of anti-Asian violence in the United States that must be vigorously countered.  Both the Department of Dramatic Art and PlayMakers Repertory Company value the Asian-American artists, educators, staff, and students in our midst.  We will continue to look for ways to support any and all members of our community when hate and horror touch them, as well as continue to incorporate into our artistic and educational mission the celebration of the richness, diversity, and history of Asian America.

In addition to Counseling and Psychological Services for students, and the Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff,  the Asian American Center has a resources page of hate crime reporting mechanisms and student-curated mental health resources, should you need them.  Additional resources and action steps can be found on the Departmental Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion page.

What can you do?

• Counter racist descriptions of COVID-19 and Anti-Asian stereotypes when you hear them.

• Educate yourself about Asian American history and their struggles against injustice. Click here and here for some resources. 

• Read books and plays by Asian and Asian American playwrights. Click here, here, and here for some resources. 

• Call on your Friends, Family, Governor, Senators, Representatives, and Community Leaders to stand in solidarity with Asian Americans and to better protect our communities

Please reach out if you need anything.

Adam Versényi                                                Vivienne Benesch

Professor and Chair                                        Producing Artistic Director

Department of Dramatic Art                          PlayMakers Repertory Company

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